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Shopkeeper Vimalathasan Sinnathurai jailed after sexually assaulting woman

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

A shopkeeper has been jailed after groping a woman.

Vimalathasan Sinnathurai kissed the back of her neck as well as well as telling her he loved her after carrying out the indecent assaults.

But the victim, who cannot be named, was upset by the incident and police were called.

Now married father-of-two Sinnathurai has been jailed for eight months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The court heard the defendant was sexually attracted to the woman.

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said: "The defendant touched her sexually on a number of occasions.

"He touched her breasts on four occasions on the outside of her clothing. He kissed her twice on the back of her neck.

"And he touched and squeezed her bottom on at least two occasions. She found this to be disturbing."

The court heard the victim was then taken to a pub by a friend following the attack.

But the defendant followed her and touched the victim on her bottom.

Sinnathurai, aged 34, of Johnstone Avenue, Werrington, denied sexual assault when he appeared in court.

But he was convicted after a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre and was sentenced at crown court yesterday.

Adam Till, mitigating, asked Judge Paul Glenn to suspend any prison sentence. He said the defendant's youngest child has a heart condition and any jail sentence would impact heavily on the family.

But the judge said the offending was so serious only immediate custody was appropriate.

Judge Glenn told the defendant: "You were sexually attracted to the victim. Your behaviour was disgraceful and over a prolonged period you followed her around.

"It is not surprising that she was upset by what you did. It must have been a very frightening experience for her.

"You ignored her repeated requests to leave her alone."

Sinnathurai has been placed on the sex offenders' register for the next 10 years.

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